MANILA (30-Jan-12) — The Catholic hierarchy has called for a speedy resolution of the impeachment trial against Chief Justice Renato Corona to bring back the government’s focus to the people.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines stressed that while they support government’s campaign against corruption, it must not also forget its obligations to the Filipinos.
“We hope that the process will redound to the common good,” said Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, CBCP president in a press conference Monday.
The prelates observed that more people are suffering because the government is giving more attention on ousting Corona.
According to CBCP vice president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, a speedy impeachment trial is needed so that the country can “return to normalcy.”
“We pray that this process be resolved as soon as possible and that the attention that the poor needs be given as soon as possible,” he said.
For him, the poor Filipinos are the “silent victims” of the trial.
“Government services are delayed and not delivered because we are so concerned with the process.
The prelates made the statement as they ended their three-day plenary assembly at the Pius XII Catholic Center in Manila.
Last week, the House prosecution panel said they are looking to present some 100 witnesses in the impeachment trial of Corona.
Senator Francis Pangilinan immediately expressed concern saying, if true, it could take 10 months for the prosecution to present all their witnesses excluding defense witnesses.
Still, the bishops appealed to the faithful to maintain their trust that the senator-judges are fully capable of handling the trial judiciously.
“We exhort the people to give their respect and trust to the senator-judges and, of course, our respect and trust in the Constitutional processes,” said Palma.
They also exhorted the public to closely monitor the proceedings and pray so that truth and justice will be achieved in the impeachment trial.
“We exhort our brothers and sisters, fellow Filipinos, to pray, study and to do whatever is legally or morally possible so that truth and justice will be attained or realized. We exhort the people to pray especially for wisdom and guidance,” said Palma. (CBCPNews)